In the Media

March 26, 2010 – Bend Bulletin – Don't Stop The Piping Of Canals

This is likely to be the summer that shows just how valuable it is to pipe irrigation water in these parts. With the water content of the Cascades snowpack running at less than 60 percent of normal, irrigation districts could be hard pressed to supply all the water local irrigators need.

March 27, 2010 – Bend Bulletin – Deschutes County May Face Water Troubles By Next Year

Because of low precipitation in the Klamath Basin, Gov. Ted Kulongoski has declared a state of drought emergency in six Oregon counties, including Deschutes, and the federal government has agreed to allow some leniency to irrigators in the Klamath basin, but water officials here say the area won’t suffer as much as Klamath, at least not this summer

February 12, 2010 – Bend Bulletin Why The Low Flow In The Deschutes?

Low flows in the Deschutes River have exposed mud in Mirror Pond and boulders across from McKay Park, but water officials say the river level should be back up by the weekend. Still, the relatively dry winter and thin snowpack could lead to a difficult summer for fish, farmers and others dependent on water flows.

November 21, 2009 – As silt gathers in Mirror Pond, Officials Unsure of Who’s in Charge of a Solutio

The dam that created Mirror Pond is also a big factor in the sediment buildup issue. The dam slows the movement of water and the sediment in it, which causes some of it to settle along the edges of the pond and build up over time. Experts also suggest that the sediment load in the Deschutes River, which is carried into Mirror Pond, is particularly high because of the rate at which water is released from Wickiup Reservoir.